Allied Warships

RHS Spetsai (D 98)

Destroyer of the Kondouriotis class

NavyThe Royal Hellenic Navy
PennantD 98 
Built byCantieri Odero (Sestri Ponente, Italy) 
Laid down 
Launched 1932 
End service 1946 

Escaped to Alexandria in May 1941.
Assigned pennant number H 38 by the British
Decommissioned in 1946.


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Notable events involving Spetsai include:

11 Mar 1941

Convoy AN 19.

This convoy departed Alexandria / Port Said on 11 March 1941.

The, larger, Port Said section was made up of the following merchant vessels; Alfios (Greek, 5116 GRT, built 1920), Baluchustan (British, 6992 GRT, built 1940), Cleanthis (Greek, 4153 GRT, built 1911), Constantinos Louloudis (Greek, 4697 GRT, built 1922), Coulouras-Xenos (Greek, 4914 GRT, built 1915), Daisy Moller (British, 4078 GRT, built 1911), Evanthia (Greek, 3551 GRT, built 1915), Evoikos (Greek, 4792 GRT, built 1922), Hellas (Greek, 2295 GRT, built 1916), Ioannis Fafalios (Greek, 5670 GRT, built 1919), Langleecrag (British, 4909 GRT, built 1929), Mary Livanos (Greek, 4771 GRT, built 1938), Meroe (British, 3832 GRT, built 1928), Nitsa (Greek, 4732 GRT, built 1915), Runo (British, 1858 GRT, built 1920), Scottish Prince (British, 4917 GRT, built 1938), Solheim (Norwegian (tanker), 8078 GRT, built 1934) and Theofano Livanos (Greek, 4815 GRT, built 1937).

This section was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhodes, RAN) and the sloop HMS Grimsby (Cdr. K.J. D'Arcy, RN).

The, smaller, Alexandria section was made up of the following merchant vessels; Aegeus (Greek, 4538 GRT, built 1920), City of Norwich (British, 6726 GRT, built 1913), Pericles (Dutch (tanker), 3167 GRT, built 1938) and Tanais (Greek, 1545 GRT, built 1907).

The Alexandria section was escorted by the Greek destroyers RHS Spetsai and RHS Ydra.

Around 0635B/13, the two sections merged.

Around 1000B/16, the convoy arrived at Piraeus. The tanker Pericles had meanwhile been detached to Suda Bay. (1)

12 Jul 1941
Around 1030C/12, HMS Tetrarch (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Greenway, RN) departed Alexandria for her 15th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out with the Greek destroyer Spetsai. (2)

16 Aug 1941
HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and RHS Spetsai departed Aden for Bombay. (3)

22 Aug 1941
HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and RHS Spetsai arrived at Bombay from Aden. (3)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 199/42 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for March 1941
  2. ADM 199/1152
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Voyager for August 1941

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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